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UK CAA Technical Surveyor

Salary: £37,513 up to £45,000 dependent upon experience

Contract Type: Permanent

We are the UK’s aviation regulator and recognised as a world leader in its field. Our activities are diverse, enabling the aviation industry to meet the highest safety standards, and we pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to the constantly evolving aviation environment.

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), otherwise known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), is one of the most dynamic, technologically innovative, and generally ground-breaking forces in aviation today. As a member of the RPAS team, within the RPAS business unit, you’ll have the unique opportunity to influence this burgeoning area of the aviation landscape.

The Role

We’re seeking a Technical Surveyor to join our RPAS division to help us meet the requirements of this dynamic and growing segment. Your main role will see you manage, assess, and approve applications for RPAS Operational Authorisations.

There are several different types of application that this role will need to evaluate. These include approval applications for Recognised Assessment Entities, Exemptions from the Air Navigation Order, and Operational Authorisations. To support these applications, you will need to the review any associated learning material and procedures as well as perform detailed examination of associated Operating Safety Cases. This is to ensure the operators remain compliant, that they are held to the regulatory standards and that most importantly the safety of the public is safeguarded.

Another significant part of the role is auditing. As part of this you’ll carry out both desktop and onsite audits with our customers to confirm their compliance. To this end an adaptable and analytical mind set is often required to effectively evaluate the associated risks and make determinations based upon them. Additionally, collaboration is crucial as you’ll work closely with other subject matter experts across the CAA to reach viable and balanced solutions, and work alongside other Surveyors and Technical Inspectors to deliver output.

This is a fantastic position for someone who, although not a professional in RPAS, appreciates the scope and scale of the challenges such an innovative and technologically dynamic segment faces and is driven to ensure a safe, fair and equitable environment. It would provide an exceptional entry into regulatory and assessment roles for someone with operational RPAS experience.

About You

  • To succeed in this role, you must have proven understanding and experience relating to the Air Navigation Order (ANO) involving RPAS operations and airspace.
  • You’ll be adaptable and able to quickly adjust in a developing and dynamic environment. You’ll have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively and make good judgments based on logic and risk assessment.
  • Be able to work calmly and effectively within a dynamic team and be comfortable with periods of higher workload and working to deadlines. As you will be required to carry out auditing functions, some auditing experience would be advantageous.
  • You must be passionate about RPAS and wider aviation, staying up to date on relevant trends and issues.

What can we offer you?

You’ll benefit from an organisation passionate about your development and training in this exciting area. Working to a structured development plan, you will join an experienced and dynamic team who have a passion for RPAS safety and a close eye on this developing and fast paced industry.

Additional Information

For many appointments within the CAA, these roles require access to operationally sensitive infrastructure and/or Nationally Protected information. For these roles the post holders must undergo National Security Vetting and achieve the appropriate level of clearance.

To be vetted we will usually expect a reasonable period of residency in the UK so that meaningful checks can be undertaken. This can either be 3 years or 5 years depending on the level required (CTC or SC). If you do not meet these requirements, we may not be able to accept your application. For more information please visit – Vetting explained – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Given the impact of Covid-19, it’s likely that you will work remotely to begin with as we plan for a return to work within the government guidelines.

Working With Us

We offer a range of excellent benefits such as flexible working arrangements, free onsite gym at Gatwick, discounted gym membership for London, 28 days annual leave, additional 5 days leave purchase scheme, a generous pension scheme and much more!

We are on a journey towards being increasingly adaptable, where our colleagues collaborate as part of cross-functional teams. This approach ensures we never stop learning together. It also means that you may become involved in activities that take you out of your day to day role, providing you with opportunities to develop and grow your career with us.

We have embraced hybrid working and offer flexible working patterns, being open to having a conversation about what works for you. We know where and when we work is important in achieving a work-life balance.

We are passionate about diversity and ensuring all are included at the CAA. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds. We use fair and inclusive selection approaches to hire the best person for the job based on merit alone.

As a member of the Disability Confident scheme, applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a role with us will be guaranteed an interview. If you require an adjustment for any reason, please let us know.

Our Values

Do The Right Thing, Never Stop Learning, Build Collaborative Relationships, Respect Everyone – For more information please Click Here

Closing Date: 12 March 2023

Interview Date: This assessment is made up of two parts, a written exercise w/c 20th March with onsite interviews w/c 3rd of April 2023.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

No recruitment agencies please.

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